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as many people as possible. >> reporter: p.m. spengler was hoping to kill -- william spengler was hoping to kill more people than he did, that's what his note indicated, his three-page typed note. he wrote i still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood i can burn down and do what i like doing best, killing people. >> he intended to kill as many people as possible before stopping. but as far as motive, all kinds of speculation and truthfully, we do not know. >> reporter: police believe spengler's 67-year-old sister, cheryl, also died in the incident. the two lived together in one of the houses that burned. police say spengler started the fire luring firefighters so he could kill them. >> a clear ambush on first responders. spengler had armed himself heavily, had taken up an area of cover in a natural depression in a bank on a tree. and immediately started to fire upon first responders. >> reporter: authorities say spengler shot and killed volunteer firefighters mike chiapperini and tomasz kaczowka. two other firefighters were shot and are in serious but stable condition ton
york, and were met by bullets. police say william spengler started the fire so he could lure first responders to the scene and shoot them. >> we're being shot at. multiple shots. i am shot. >> reporter: two volunteer firefighters were killed. two more were injured. because crews had to take cover, they couldn't fight the fire. it burned out of control, destroying seven homes. a swat team was called in. police say soon after, the gunman took his own life, ending the standoff. news of the deadly attack spread quickly through webster. 19-year-old tomasz kaczowka was a college student and a 911 dispatcher. michael chiapperini was named firefighter of the year just two weeks ago. webster's police chief became emotional while announcing the deaths. >> michael chiapperini, with the police department... >> reporter: both men volunteered at this firehouse. crews set up this memorial of flowers and candles to honor the victims. at the vigil, community members came together to console each other and remember the men killed. >> at this time of year too, our men are hurt, and they're not going
. >> reporter: authorities say 62-year-old william spengler, who served prison time for killing his grandmother more than 30 years ago shot at first responders who arrived at his burning house, the fire spread to six other homes. >> we are being shot at. multiple firemen down. i am shot. ease using an assault rifle. >> he was equipped to go to war killing innocent people. >> reporter: the gunman was well fortified. . .38 caliber handgun, 12 gauge shotgun and bushmaster 23 rifle, the same used in the connecticut school shooting. two firefighters were killed and two others hospitalized. spengler, police say, killed himself. they revealed human remains were found in spengler's burned house and authorities suspect they belong to his missing sister. >> motive is always the question and not sure we will know what's going on in his manned. >> reporter: they suspect his 91-year-old mother's death and donation she made to this fire department could help explain the motive for christmas eve shootings. >>> former president grge w.h. bush remained in christmas where he spent time with family. the 41st pres
-year-old william spengler who spent time for killing his grandmother more than 30 years ago, shot at firefighters. the. >> we're being shot at. multiple firemen down. i am shot. i think he used an assault rifle. >> killing people. >> reporter: officials say the gunman was well fortified. .38 handgun. .12-gauge shotgun and the bushmaster rifle. firefighters, tomasz kaczowka and mike chiapperini were killed. human remains were found in spengler's abandoned house. >> it's the question and we'll know know what was going through his mind. >> reporter: police are investigating whether the death of spengler's 91-year-old mother in october and donations she made to the fire department could help explain the motives. >>> former president george h.b. bush remains at houston's methodist hospital where he spent christmas with first lady barbara bush as well as his sons. doctors are saying the former president suffered setbacks, that's why sthey had not releasd him before are christmas. he had a bronchitis-type cough. doctors say since then, he's become weak and developed a fever. for more on
. younger brother, william spengler, is responsible for setting fires and ambition first responders. two firefighters were shot and killed. authorities say they have also found a typewritten note from spengler saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and "kill people." the weapon is the same used in the elementary school shooting. in that community today, police officers received a gift of time. officers from across the state have stepped up to fill in so every police officer from newtown could spend christmas at homes with their families. they have been working nonstop since the shooting that left 20 students and six others dead. dozens are trying to help come for the community. the group passed out free hot chocolate to children on christmas eve. while many americans celebrated at home, some were outdoors and a few were far away. for so it was a welcome relief for a day to rest before tomorrow. >> some of us had to work today, but not everyone. mother nature helped santa claus deliver a white christmas, from new england, to the hills of colorado, a winter wonderland for people of
neighbor, william spengler, back in 2010. that he even went to the gun store with her to pick them out. spengler, a convicted felon, could not legally purchase a firearm himself. she told police she bought the guns for her own protection and they had recently been stolen. what's not in dispute, spengler used those guns monday night, a 12-gauge shotgun and a bushmaster semiautomatic rifle while they were responding to a blaze he had set. >> firemen mike chiapperini was deceased at the scene. >> reporter: also killed, tomas kaczowka. spengler took his own life. tonight dawn nguyen is facing 10 years in prison for her alleged role in this tragedy. earlier this week, the children of webster, new york, lit candles to honor those firefighters who died. today's arrest shows how seriously law enforcement is about going after anyone in trying to prosecute them, who are connected with this terrible crime, even though, david, the shooter himself is dead. >> such a horrific plot. ron, thanks to you. >>> with millions of americans on vacation this holiday, an unwelcome headline for hundreds of appa
-old william spengler intentionally set fire to a house and car in order to lure first responders to his neighborhood. >> i'm sorry. i just -- >> reporter: that's okay. >> it's -- christmas. i mean, who targets people on -- >> reporter: authorities say spengler injured two volunteer firefighters and killed two more before killing himself. 19-year-old michael chiapperini was filling in for another so they could spend christmas with their families. tomasz kaczowka was just named firefighter of the year two weeks ago. >> it's very -- a very difficult situation. >> reporter: condolences have been pouring in to this fire station from around the world. and now two families are spending their christmas making funeral arrangements. >> right now we're recognizing what we need to do to bury two of our members. >> reporter: and the death toll could grow higher. spengler's sister is unaccounted for. police believe she and others might have been trapped in the fire that consumed seven houses. >> until we can get into those homes and see -- god, i'm hoping that everyone was able to escape from the inf
who the name of the shooter is now we know that this morning. william spengler is the one who police say set his own home on fire and then fired shots at the firefighters when they showed up. sean carroll tells us it's not spengler's first run-in with police. >> the first police officer managed to exchange fire with spengler who laid in wait. >> he was shooting at a berm near the home where he can barricaded himself with his weapons to shoot the innocent responders. and i will say the first webster police officers to respond engaged the shooter in probably in all likelihood, saved many lives. >> reporter: spengler's criminal past dates back to july, 1980, the death of his grandmother. >> spengler lived alone at this house for over 40 years. she was found dead at the floor of the dwelling by her grandson, william spengler, who lives next door. spengler discovered the body at 12:45 p.m. police say mrs. spengler was beaten with some type of blunt instrument. >> reporter: that brunt instrument was a hammer. he'd of manslaught. he remained in prison until 1988. spengler's mother had recen
best, killing people. >> reporter: authority ts say 62 years william spengler, who served prison time for killing his grandmother more than 30 years ago, shot at first responders who arrived at his burning house, the fire spreading to six other homes. >> we are being shot at. multiple firemen down. i am shot. i think he's using an assault rifle. >> he was equipped to go to war to kill innocent people. >> reporter: the gunman was well-fortified with weapons and ammo. the same model used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. tomasz kaczowka and mike chiapperini were killed. spengler killed himself. and late today, human remains were found in spengler's house and suspect they belong to his missing sister. >> microsoft is always the burning question. i'm not sure we'll ever know what was going through his mind. >> reporter: police are investigating whether the death of spengler's mother could help explain the motive for her son's christmas eve shootings. ron mott, nbc news, new york. >>> tonight, billions around the world are gathered with family and friends to celebrate christmas
spengler, that killed two firefighters and injured two others. overnight, news that a body has been found in the rubble of the spengler home, possibly his sister, cheryl spengler, who neighbors say he had a strained relationship. emotions are high, as fellow firefighters face the grim reality of burying their own. >> intended to burn his neighborhood down and tried to put down as many people as possible before stopping. >> reporter: police say spengler fired from a nearby berm or hill, as if he were a military sniper, using a tree as cover. >> spengler had armed himself heavily and immediately started firing upon first responders. essentially, it was a combat mission. >> reporter: he killed firefighters tomasz kaczowka and lieutenant michael chiapperini. before shooting himself, and at his side, a rambling note. >> i need to see how much of a neighborhood i can burn down. and do what i like best, killing people. >> reporter: his intent to kill is clear, though his motive is still a mystery. but we do know spengler had a violent past. the 62-year-old served 17 years for killing his grandmo
don't have anything. >> cops identified the gunman at 62-year-old william spengler. he ultimately committed suicide shooting himself in the head. the shooter armed himself with not one but three weapons and a whole bunch of ammunition. as the police chief put it, quote, he was equipped to go to war. johnathan hunt is live in the new york city studio. what more did we hear from the off-duty officer? >> john ridder is haled as a hero by other cops but he was frustrated that he felt he couldn't do enough to protect the firefighters. he didn't have his gun. he wasn't in his patrol car so all he was able to do was position his private car between william spengler, who was firing, and the firefighters at whom he was shooting, listen. >> those people are people that get up in the morning and go to someone's house to help them. for some unknown reason, some person decides he can do whatever he wants. no one ever expected that. i never expected that. these are things no one expects in the world today. that's no way to defend an ambush. you know, i'm full of many mixed emotions of a, being
and this morning we're learning more about the shooter, his name is william spengler. police say the 62-year-old set fire to his sister's house and then shot firefighters as they responded to the blaze. police also think he killed his sister, her body was found in the burned home. spengler left a suicide note which read "i still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood i can burn down and do what i like doing best, killing people." but as far as why he did it police say they may never know. >> just to clarify there was no motive in the note. there were some ramblings, intelligence we could be tained investigators need to follow up on. he intended to burn his neighborhood down and kill as many people as possible before stopping. as far as motive all kinds of speculation and truthfully we do not. >> funerals for michael chiapperini and tomasz kaczowka are held today. joseph hofstetter and jason scardino are recovering from surgery. >>> the moderator of "meet the dress" was interviewing nra vice president wayne lapierre when he brought out something that caught the attention of d.c
at william spengler's house. police say this woman, dawn wen, the gunman's neighbor, illegally bought the gun used by spengler. >>> and here's what's trending online. forget about that fiscal cliff. 9 nation is also facing a dairy cliff. there is a deadline looming for congress that would impact every single dairy farm in this country. and the price you pay for milk if congress doesn't approve an extension to the farm bill by january 1st, prices could eventually jump to 8 or $9 a gallon. >>> and a new look for a major league baseball team. check out the snazzy new hat design for the atlanta braves. >>> cnn "newsroom" continues at the top of the hour, but first dr. sanjay gupta's investigation reveals startling truths about prescription drug abuse in the u.s. why it's much easier than you think to take that deadly dose. "dr. sanjay gupta md" starts right now. [ sirens ] >> this is a drug overdose call. every 19 minutes in the united states, someone dies of an accidental overdose. >> this is crazy. not a single solitary one of these people has to die. >> we're used to thinking of it starting he
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are cheryl spengler. her brother is accused of setting the fires and ambushing the first responders. there has been a typewritten note left by william spengler saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood. the rifle used in the attack is the same type as the one used in the newtown elementary school shooting. >> officers from surrounding jurisdictions philbin so that every newtown police officer could spend christmas with their families. they have been working nonstop since the shooting. dozens of people are also trying to pitch in. free panda bears were passed out to children on christmas eve. >> he served as bishop of bridgeport, connecticut. the archbishop said he was ever mindful of his previous conversation. >> my heart is with all the folks in newtown and asking the lord to give them healing and to let them know our solidarity with them in prayer. they have been inundated with so many things. our the y need are prayers. >> christmas day is a day of volunteering for the jewish community. families prepared winter care packages and stuffed teddy bears for homeless shelters. org
the weapons in 2010 and gave them to william spengler, shown here, a convicted felon. spengler cannot legally buy guns for himself. police say spengler killed two volunteer firefighters in western new york and set a fire to lure the firefighters into a trap. spengler then killed himself. >>> in california, a day of fishing turned deadly when two people were swept away by a large wave near the golden gate bridge. an adult and a juvenile were pulled into the ocean. they're bodies were found about 100 yards offshore. a third fisherman was also washed away when he made it back to land and waved for help. >>> and former president george h.w. bush is said to be improving. but he remains in intensive care in a hospital in houston. a family spokesman says mr. bush is alert and in good spirits. he's been talking with his doctors and nurses. and i've heard singing. the 88-year-old former president has been hospitalized for more than a month now because of a bronchitis-related cough and fever. >>> and finally, how is this for an unusual way to get rid of your old christmas tree. instead of dumping it in
by the gunman william spengler, who later killed himself. he left a rambling note in which he said he wanted to see how much of the neighborhood he could burn down and, quote, "do what i like best: killing people." o> he was equipped to go to war and kill innocent people. >> reporter: spengler had served 17 years in prison for killing his grandmother. police said today they found another body in his home, possibly his sister's. spengler had three guns, including a semiautomatic eushmaster .223 rifle. that's the same make and caliber ol the one used in the school shootings in connecticut. the newtown shootings and yesterday's ambush have fueled the debate over gun control. but while that debate intensifies, something else is spiking-- gun sales. chip reid has a look. >> at gun shows across the nation this past weekend, people stood in line hoping to get eheir hands on an a.r.-15, the military style rifle used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. there's been a run on a.r.-15s at gun stores, too. rick friedman owns r.t.s.p. in randolph, new jersey. >> i normally sell about 15 or 20 a
firefighters but spengler was able to shoot four firefighters, killing two of them. >> i'm full of many mixed emotions of, a, being here and them not being here. >> reporter: when police arrived, spengler took his life but left a note saying he planned on taking down the entire neighborhood saying, quote, doing what i liked to do best, killing people. he was arrested for killing his grandmother with a hammer in 1980. after spending 17 years in prison, he returned here. investigators found a body inside and think it's his sister's remains. >> i can't believe it's gone. >> reporter: lynn sheehan's home was also destroyed in the fire. she said he was quiet but could be friendly. everyone knew he was a convicted killer. >> the minute it happened, i knew it was spengler. >> reporter: the town of webster continues to mourn the two firefighters killed. 20-year veteran mike chiapperini trained tomasz kaczowka. funerals will be held for both men in the coming days. tatiana anderson, cbs news, webster, new york. >>> straight ahead your thursday morning weather and shopping slump. holiday sales fall fla
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two firefighters. police say william spengler started a fire that destroyed 7 homes in the town of webster christmas eve. then he shot at the first responders when they arrived. off duty police got there just seconds after firefighters. >> a round or something impacts my windshield and then i hear multiple popping sounds. >> spengler shot four firefighters, killing two of them. when police arrived, spengler took his own life. but he left a note saying he planned to burn down the entire neighborhood and, quote, do what i like doing best, killing people. he served 17 years in prison for killing his grandmother with a hammer back this 1980. >>> the debate over gun control has moved to one of privacy over protection. after a new york newspaper published a map of gun owners' homes. the new york journal news got the data by filing freedom of information requests. now, apparently these maps don't show whether the residents actually own guns, just that they are legally able to. san francisco district attorney george gascon says it's an unfortunate set of circumstances. >> the question,
firefighters who were shot are expected to recover. police say before dawn.the suspect, william spengler set a house and car on fire to lure the firefighters. as soon as they arrived, police say he started shooting. while police were looking for the shooter.the fire spread.engulfing 7 homes. the suspect was eventually found dead near the fire scene.after apparently shooting himself. and he was not even allowed to have a gun. spangler is a convicted felon.he was convicted of beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer back in 19-80. spangler served 17 years - and police say it's unclear what his motive was for today's shooting. the town of webster, new york is now mourning. the joy of christmas replaced by pain and grief. >> very difficult >> it's just devastating. the suspect's home was one of the houses which burned. he had lived there with his sister - who is missing. a vigil was held tonight for the firefighters who died. >> we have some high clouds increasing for the bay area in advance of a storm system. the moon is shining and those high clouds with ice crystals causing
spengler jr. said his house on fire, then opened fire on responding firefighters. two are wounded and recovering. according to a spokesman for the 41st president, george h. w. bush has been in the hospital for more than a month with bronchitis buzz with admitted -- but was admitted to i see you after a fever. this is in guarded condition is and his doctors are optimistic. still to come, find out if there's any benefit to eating smaller, more frequent meals, in medical alert. >> a wind advisory still in effect across the majority of the state. looks like another snow potential on the way. clouds in place, 42 degrees downtown 339 at the airport. wind gusts up to 39. >> in our consumer alert, if you had a flight during the holiday season, there is a chance you got stuck in a long security checkpoint line 3 the tsa has launched a pilot program that lets travelers move to the plane without having to remove their shoes or take liquids out of their carry-on luggage. it is called managed inclusion. although you may not have to move any items, travelers must first get past bomb sniffing do
responders. on christmas eve, convicted felon william spengler lured volunteer firefighters into a deadly trap. once they arrived he started shooting, killing two and wounding two others. the two officers are listed in stable condition. reporting from new york. >>> everyone wants to know what he was thinking when he plan -- they want to do a complete analysis of lanza's dna. the shooting left 26 people dead. lab results are not expected for several weeks. >> they hit you with late fees and overdraft charges. the banks have to pay fines, too. >>> forget about the big a websg kudos. why amazon.com takes the prize. >> i'm meteorologist wyatt everhart. a few clouds edging in. dry tonight but here's what's coming our way saturday. the latest on yet another approaching storm coming up. >>> we get hit with them every time we go to the atm but banks have to pay them too banks racked up $10 billion in fines. half of them were paid because of improper mortgage practices. the total also includes more than a billion and a half that ubs and bartlys had to pay. >>> amazon was once again ranked the best
the neighbor. dawn nguyen. she bought a rifle and shotgun for suspect william spengler who later killed himself. nguyen faces federal charges she lied to authorities. spengler couldn't buy the guns legally because he was a convicted felon. he had them with him during the attack. >>> thanks for watching. see you at the top of the hour. it's been fun. >> so good to have you here in atlanta. a happy new year to all of you out there. your bottom line starts right now, and then as she said, alison will be back with you the next couple of hours. go make some good memories. >>> thanks. see you at the top of the hour. govern, everyone. i'm christine romans, welcome to our help desk special. the best way to make money is make sure your money is working for you. be honest. maybe you'd rather go to the dentist than get an annual checkup of your money. here goes. sit down. it won't hurt. you won't have the to give up your morning latte or anything like that. three drivers for your health, job, investment and health. a great year for the s&p 500. did you miss it? the s&p is up around 13% so far this year. t
of those details are in a letter written by the killer. 62-year-old william spengler used a bushmaster rifle similar to the one used in newtown, connecticut. police, yesterday, who read from his disturbing typewritten letter. >> i still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood i can burn down and do what i like doing best, killing people. >> and police also upped the death toll from monday's violence to three, after finding the body of spengler's sister in his burned-out home. meanwhile, two of the fire fighters that responded to the blaze are still in the hospital. >>> in newtown, connecticut, thousands of people from all over the country came to pay their respects on christmas day. volunteers have been keeping watch over the candlelight vigil for the 20 children and 6 adults that died in that massacre. at christmas services, congregants were told that good always overcomes evil. >>> and police in kentucky say they believe alcohol was a factor in a deadly christmas eve car crash. five people were killed when one vehicle went airborne, right over the median and flew into a
to be shot and killed. >> reporter: webster police have identified the gunman as 62-year-old william spengler, whose home burned today. he had a lengthy criminal history, serving 17 years for killing his grandmother with a hammer back in 1980. no word about what his motive was today or where he got his guns. >> spengler was a convicted felon. he's not allowed to possess weapons. >> reporter: tonight, two firefighters are in stable condition in the hospital. 33 people were evacuated after the fire engulfed seven homes. >> it's a shock. that something like this would happen but for some reason, violence is rearing its ugly head in this community. and everywhere. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> let's get it out now to alexis arnold, a reporter at our abc affiliate in rochester, new york. alexis, we were so struck by the emotion in the voices of the people holding the news conferences today. when they talk about the people who died today, they're talking about their friends, aren't they? >> reporter: well, that's right. and here you have a situation, they're going to work. they'r
william spengler, who shot and killed two firefighters near rochester, new york, said in a note he left behind. the most chilling part of the note, the part where he wrote about his desire to, quote, do what i like doing best, killing people. the 62-year-old did not say why. >> motive assaults burning question and i'm not sure we'll ever have -- we'll never know what was going through his mind. >> a body found in spengler's burned home is believed to be that of his sister. meanwhile, people are now being allowed back into their homes near those that burned in the deadly fire christmas eve. >>> you think it's bad here? storms led to a number of rescue operations in malaysia. more than 13,000 people were evacuated from the country's east coast today as monsoonal rain hit the region. at least one death is reported more than 6500 people have had to flee their homes. they have nearly 200 relief centers available to help the evacuees. >>> and the world's longest high-speed rail line is now open for business in china. the first trip was this morning as passengers boarded a train in bay bridge.
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with a sniper attack that killed two firefighters on christmas eve. dawn nguyen was william spengler's neighbor in webster, new york. in 2010 she bought a semiautomatic rifle and shotgun for him knowing he wasn't allowed to own a gun because he was a convicted felon. spengler used those weapons to ambush first responders then to kill himself. after he set a huge fire on monday morning. >>> an effort tonight to help a 4-year-old girl shot and wounded earlier this month on a metro bus in southeast d.c. a facebook page has been created asking the public to make donations on behalf of 2-year-old cody. it features photos of the toddler including one that shows the injury she suffered in the attack. a bullet grazed her face. she and her mother were shot as they got on a bus. her mother was killed. police say the gunman was the girl's father who later killed himself. >>> for the second time this month somebody has been killed after being pushed in front of a moving subway train up in new york. the latest incident happened last night in queens. as tracy strahan reports, this time there's no fight or ch
spengler shot and killed two firefighters and injured two others. six surrounding homes were destroyed. authorities discovered are rambling note. >> i have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood i can burn down and do what i like doing best, killing people. >> police say spengler who serve time for the hammer attack of his grandfather killed himself after exchanging gunfire with an officer. it is reported human remains were found and they may belong to his missing sister. no word on what may have been his motive in this ambush. >> andrew jones is out on a $2,400 bond after being arrested christmas day on a battery charge. he was arrested after police responded to a domestic disturbance call outside his home. no other details concerning the altercation have been released. he signed a one-year $3.50 million deal to play in japan next season. >> a spokesperson for charges to be bush said the former president remains hospitalized as his favor elevates. he was initially being treated for a bronchitis-like cough. he has been put on a liquid diet. doctors are still try to figure out
that a house was on fire. today we're learning more about the shooter, william spengler. police say the 62-year-old set fire to his sister's house, and then shot the firemen. police think he also killed his sister, her body was found in the burnt home. spengler left a suicide note. and here's part of it. i still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood i can burn down and do what i like doing best, killing people. but why he did it, police say they may never know. >> actually, just to clarify, there was no motive in the note. it did not speak to motive. there was some ramblings in there, there was intelligence information we obtained, investigators need to follow up on, it spoke mainly to intent, he intended to burn his neighborhood down and kill as many people as possible before stopping. i can't emphasize to you that had police officers not responded with that fire truck, standard operating procedure with our agency and many police agencies as we respond with all first responders, police, ems, had that police officer not been there, more people would have been killed because he i
62-year-old william spengler left behind a note saying he hoped to burn down his neighborhood and murder as many people as possible. authorities say spengler set fire to his suburban rochester home and fired at firefighters as they arrived at the scene on monday. a charred body believed to be his sister's was found in the house she shared with him. spengler was an ex-con who was convicted of beating his grandmother to death with a hammer in 1981. >>> russia is one step away from banning americans from adopting russian children. protesters gathered outside russia's upper house of parliament before unanimously approving a bill to ban the adoptions. it's scene as retaliation for a law signed by president obama imposing travel restrictions. the vote now goes to vladimir putin who's expected to sign it into law. >>> egyptian .mohamed morsi has signed the country's newly approved constitution into law. the upper house of parliament has convened its first session under the new charter. the new constitution was approved with more than 63% of the vote in two rounds of voting. turnout w
responding to a house fire yesterday. police in webster say william spengler set the fire to his home yesterday then ambushed the firefighters before taking his own life. spengler was convicted of murdering his grandmother with a hammer back in 1980 but served just 18 years in jail. the firefighters are identified as tomasz kaczowka who was filling in so others could enjoy the holiday and michael chiapperini who was named firefighter of the year just recently. >> oh i'm sorry i just -- it's just -- it is christmas. i mean who targets people on christmas? >> well, there's also concern about spengler's sister who lived in that home. and is still unaccounted for. >>> charles turning known in hollywood as the king of contact actors died. the two time oscar nominee portrayed everyone from the blustery public officials to big daddy in a broadway revival of cat on a hot tin roof. he died of natural causes at his new york city home yesterday and he was 89 years old. >>> and some knew him as one- half of the odd couple. to others he was quincy and e.. actor jack klugman died yesterday in calif
. the victim appeared to be william spengler's sister. he left a note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and kill people. spengler set fire to his house, then shot four firefighters-- killing two-- before killing himself. he had a revolver, a shotgun, and a bushmaster rifle, the same model used in the newtown school shooting. >> i can't tell you at this time what the victims were shot with. we assume it was the rifle because of the distance. it's going to go to the medical examiner. they'll have the autopsies done. >> holman: two firefighters remained hospitalized today in stable condition. the fire spengler set ultimately burned seven homes. the election commission in egypt confirmed today the new constitution won nearly 64% of the vote in a referendum. the panel also reported turnout was just a third of the country's 52 million registered voters. president mohammed morsi and his muslim brotherhood backed the draft constitution. opponents warned it paves the way for islamic rule and curbsd on civil liberties. the six persian gulf arab nations demanded an end to what the
in the hospital. police say ex-convict william spengler armed himself with three weapons and set his house on fire to lure first responders into a trap he kill himself. police say he left a rambling three page note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and kill as many people as possible. he did not give a motive >> the world'sdhfhñ longest high speed rail line is up and running in china. the first bullet train left beijing this morning. the line connects the capital city with the commercial southern hub. the rail line is designed for top speeds of over 200 miles an hour. what used to take 22 hours will now take eight. >>> coming up, another holiday begins today where you can take part in the bay area's largest kwanzaa celebration. >>> set back for california educators looking for help. >>> good morning welcome back everybody. 4:54. a little rain in san francisco that is heading to oakland and alameda, full forecast coming a bit of a break in the rain ahead, that's all it is, a break. >> happy kwanzaa. the first day of the seven day festival honoring african-american heritage and culture
. william spengler had serious health problems and was carrying three guns. his older sister, cheryl, who he reportedly hated is missing. jag klugman passed, age 90. he trained himself to speak again and returned to acting in the 1990's. it is the 40th anniversary of the bombing of hanoi. american bombers pounded large parts of northern vietnam. over 20,000 tons of explosives were dropped and over 1,000 vet noah meeze were killed. >> you are watching "bbc world news." these are the headlines. egypt's new constitution is approved by more than 60% of voters who took part in the referendum. queen elizabeth has praised the volunteers who helped stage the diamond jubilee celebrations as well as the olympics and paraolympics. on the same day pope benedict prayed for piece in nigeria, gunmen struck at a service in the north. the attackers opened fire at midnight mass. an islamist group has targeted christians in that area in the past. >> that area, particularly the northeast, has been a hot bed of violence lately. it is something that security officials have been struggling to cope with. it has bee
.the suspect, william spengler set a house and car on fire to lure the firefighters. as soon as they arrived, police say he started shooting. while police were looking for the shooter.the fire spread.engulfing 7 homes. the suspect was eventually found dead near the fire scene.after apparently shooting himself. and he was not even allowed to have a gun. spangler is a convicted felon.he was convicted of beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer back in 19-80. spangler served 17 years - and police say it's unclear what his motive was for today's shooting. the town of webster, new york is now mourning. the joy of christmas replaced by pain and grief. >> 6:13 we will be back with weather, traffic, and more stories. with your christmas in the forecast. christmas day forecast... >> a new york man is playing the role of a real- life saint nick. michael sciaraffo, dressed in a red santa suit, delivered toys to kids affected by superstorm sandy on christmas eve. he collected the toys using social media. but, rather than donate them to charity, he decided to deliver them personally. th
william spengler left a note about plans to shoot firefighters. he left a note saying that he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and quote do what i do best, kill people. >>> netflix says it is fully back online after service problems that started yesterday. the outage affected users in the u.s., canada and south america blocking viewing services from many users. they blamedded outage on a server belonging to amazon and said an investigation is under way to determine exactly what happened. >>> a lot of people may be headed to the sierra for fun and snow. a a lot of snow has been coming down but getting there may not be so easy. looks like the snow is coming down, claire. >> reporter: yeah the snow is coming down and it's coming down hard causing a lot of problems for drivers. let me show you how bad it is on i80 right now. you can see the traffic circling all the way back there. right now they are saying that is causing about a two hour delay. eastbound traffic is being held at the alta exit where there is chain controls. that is for as long as it snows. earlier westbound traffic
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